Goods, cash pour in for Pablo victims

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012


RELIEF operations and cash aid continue to pour for the victims of typhoon Pablo.

SM City Cebu and SM Foundation Inc. have launched Operation Tulong, and put a booth at the lower ground floor of the main mall in SM City Cebu (between Air Philippines and Country Crafts).

SM Cebu will accept donations in cash or in kind. A shopper may donate used clothing, canned goods, blankets, shoes, bags, kitchen utensils, unopened and unexpired medicines, bottled water and other items.

The relief operation runs until Dec. 20.

The Aboitiz Group, led by the Aboitiz Foundation, also announced it is accepting donations for the victims of typhoon.

After the damage left by the typhoon, it is estimated that thousands of families in various areas in Mindanao, particularly in New Bataan, Compostela Valley (ComVal), Bukidnon, Iligan, and Davao, and in the Visayas, specifically Negros Oriental and Dumaguete, are still in need of help.

As of Dec. 10, the Aboitiz Group has given over P5.5 million worth in assistance to an estimated 10,000 families in the affected areas, P2 million of which came from the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), and P1 million from Union Bank of the Philippines. More than half of the total funds have been channeled for relief operations in ComVal.

For the donations that will be raised, the Aboitiz Group will prepare a mix of ready to eat canned goods, water, bread and biscuits, personal items like towels, blankets, and underwear, as well as cooking ware.

Rafi has set up a communications center within Cebu to send out the distribution of goods to both ComVal and Davao Oriental.

The following Aboitiz Group representatives may also be contacted for more information on how to help:

l Aboitiz Foundation: Rowena Astillo at 0917-6304484 and Danny Cerence 0917-6308172;
l Compostela Valley Relief Operations: Marissa Campomanes at 0917-7250992; and
l For immediate updates on typhoon Pablo relief efforts, one may visit the Aboitiz Foundation Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aboitizfoundation.

Japan aid

Last Dec. 8, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency assistance amounting to 45 million Japanese yen (approximately P22 million) for the victims of typhoon Pablo.

The assistance for the victims in Mindanao will be provided through the Japan International Cooperation Agency in the form of relief items that include tents, jerry cans, sleeping pads and plastic sheeting.

Typhoon Pablo cut across some parts of Mindanao Dec. 4 and 5, that caused a series of flash floods, landslides and flooding, resulting in massive damage to life and properties.

Messages expressing condolences and sympathies were sent earlier from Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda to President Benigno S. Aquino III, from Minister for Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario, and from Minister of Defense Satoshi Morimoto to Secretary of National Defense Voltaire T. Gazmin.

The Government of Japan reiterated its commitment in assisting the Philippine Government’s disaster management efforts.

In light of friendly relations between Japan and the Philippines and as both countries being disaster-prone nations, the Government of Japan made the decision to extend emergency assistance for humanitarian aid for those affected.

Globe Telecom, on the other hand, distributed relief goods to 600 families in Barangays Aurora and New Bataan, two of the areas in ComVal.

The relief operations were led by Benjie Garcia, Globe regional sales head in South Mindanao together with 20 employee-volunteers from Davao.

Globe also continues to offer free calls and texts to all networks at the Libreng Tawag station located at the Compostela Municipal Hall, Poblacion, ComVal.

With Libreng Tawag, affected families will be able to communicate easily with their friends and loved ones in the country and abroad.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 12, 2012.

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